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Report scrutinising assisted suicide proposals published, 30/04/15 [S]

A parliamentary report scrutinising proposals to legalise assisted suicide has been published today by the Health and Sport Committee.

Deputy Convener of the Committee, Bob Doris MSP said:
“First of all, the Committee wants to acknowledge the positive intentions of Patrick Harvie MSP in bringing this legislation forward. 

“Whilst we recognised the complex moral and legal issues that arose during our detailed scrutiny, it was important that we listened, debated and heard the many passionate voices on both sides of the debate.
“The Committee has recognised throughout its work that the proposed legislation touches lives in a deeply personal way and we thank those individuals for sharing their personal experience.

“The Committee’s intention was to inform the debate and not influence the outcome as that is a matter of conscience for the Parliament when they vote later this month.
“However, the Committee agreed that the Bill will need significant amendment should it progress through the parliamentary scrutiny process.” 

For full details see the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Report scrutinising assisted suicide proposals published